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Fri, Dec 02, 2016

DJI Updates Specs On Its Inspire 2 Drone

Reduces Top Speed Due To Concerns About Video Quality

DJI has reduced the top speed of its new Inspire 2 drone due to concerns about the quality of the video captured by the aircraft.

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Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Airborne 12.02.16: Stratos 714 1st Flt, TFR Politics, Airbus Job Cuts

Also: Female Skydive Record, ANN November Efforts, Dream Chaser, SecTrans Reax, FAA SAFO, Able Flight, Airline Group Grounded

On November 21, the Stratos 714 very light jet took to the sky. The Stratos 714 was devised as a response to the lower performance single engine VLJs proposed about a decade ago which include the D-Jet, the Cirrus Jet, the Piper Jet, and some others. Stratos says they saw little advantage in developing a single jet-engine aircraft that has lower performance than an equivalent propeller aircraft. They decided to go with an aircraft that has a service ceiling of 41,000 feet and will cruise at 415 KTAS. Amid claims of the misuse of a federal authority, the FAA has placed a temporary flight restriction over the area where protesters are attempting to stop the Standing Rock oil pipeline in North Dakota. The TFR prevents all flights over the protest area except aircraft operating in support of law enforcement. That includes UAVs which might capture video an

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Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Airborne 12.01.16: New SecTrans, Trio NextGen Autopilot, WTO v Boeing

Also: Solar Flight, SAFE, Predator B, Delta Requires 'Civility', ISS-RapidScat, UPS Dispute, airBaltic CS300

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Elaine Chao, the former Labor Secretary, to be the Secretary of Transportation in his administration. Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Prior to taking the Labor Department post, Chao was deputy secretary of transportation under the second President Bush. Trio Avionics, longtime manufacturer of autopilots for the Experimental-Amateur-Built aircraft market, is working with the FAA and a team of industry leaders to develop a supplemental type certificate for its Pro Pilot Autopilot in the Cessna 172 and 182, with other type certificated, production models to follow. The STC Group is seeking approval for the STC using a process similar to one EAA leveraged earlier in 2016 to earn approval to install a Dynon D-10

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Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Hurricane Hunters Moving To A New Home Next Year

Will Base P-3 Orion And Other Aircraft At Lakeland Linder Airport

Lakeland Linder Airport in central Florida will be the new home of NOAA's P-3 Orion hurricane hunters and other aircraft next year.

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Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Former NASA Official Added To Trump Transition Team For The Agency

Chris Shank Will Serve On The 'Landing Team' For NASA

The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump has named congressional staffer and former NASA official Chris Shank to its "landing team" overseeing transition planning for the space agency.

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Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Orbital ATK Announces Expansion Of Launch Vehicles Operations In AZ

As Many As 500 Full-Time Jobs Will Be Added At The Campus

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Orbital ATK, have announced the expansion of the company’s Launch Vehicles Division operations into an additional facility in  Chandler, AZ.

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Fri, Dec 02, 2016

FAA To Conduct GPS Interference Testing On The Southeast U.S. Coast

Signals May Be Degraded During The Test Period Dec. 4-16

The FAA in conjunction with the U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group 4 will be conducting GPS interference testing over the next two weeks.

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Fri, Dec 02, 2016

F-35 Begins Integrated Training With F-16 At Luke

Sorties Dedicated To Integrated Training For 4th And 5th Generation Fighters

In October, pilots of the 56th Fighter Wing began flying integrated direct support practice sorties in the F-35A Lightning II and the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the first time as a regular component of the training curriculum at Luke Air Force Base.

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Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Miracle Flights Gives Wings To Countless Children Through $6,000 Match Campaign

Will Match Donations Through January 1, 2017

In honor of #GivingTuesday, national medical flight charity Miracle Flights will hold a $6,000 match campaign benefiting sick children in desperate need of out-of-state medical care.

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Fri, Dec 02, 2016

A4E Calls For Airport Charges To Be Cost-Related, Efficient, Non-Discriminatory

Says Meaningful Consultation Between Airlines And Airports Is Essential

Airlines for Europe (A4E) and executives from its member airlines, European airports and civil aviation authorities participated Thursday in an aviation briefing hosted by MEP Wim van de Camp.

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